Court Stops Alfa From Marrying 16-Year-Old Girl As 9th Wife In Ondo

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It was a gale of drama yesterday Friday May 22, 2020 in Akure, Ondo State capital as the family court in the state capital stopped an Islamic cleric identified as Alhaji Yusuf Lateef from marrying a 16-year-old girl as his nineth wife.

The Islamic cleric was said to have married eight different wives before sorting to have the hand of the small girl in marriage again.

The court which was presided over by Justice Aderemi Adegoroye ordered the girl to be returned to her parents in Ore for proper care and sound education and warned the said Alhaji to stay away from the little girl.

According to Ondo State Radio Corporation (OSRC), Alhaji Lateef Yusuf had sorted for the girl’s hand in marriage when she was still 15 years last year through Mr and Mrs Olasunkanmi but the small girl refused his proposal but the teen girl parents forced her to accept and a day was fixed for the Islamic marriage.

It was on the day of the wedding the girl fled Ore through the help of her elder brother, Quadri and went to Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Akure where she abode since and legal work began to stop the marriage.

The Family court in Akure then arraigned the said Islamic cleric and the girl’s parents on Friday (yesterday) for breaching part three of the 2007 Ondo State Child Right Law.

However, the Court ruled that the girl should be returned to her parents and Alhaji Lateef Yusuf was made to signed undertaking to stay away from the girl.

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